Dutch king apologizes for ‘excessive violence’ in colonial Indonesia
JAKARTA: Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologized on Tuesday for the “excessive violence” inflicted on Indonesia during his country’s colonial rule, the monarchy’s first such admission of regret to the Southeast Asian nation.
The apology addressed the violence by Dutch forces during the period from Indonesia’s declaration of independence in 1945 until 1949, when the Netherlands recognized it as an independent nation.
“I would like to express my regret and apologize for excessive violence on the part of the Dutch in those years,” King Willem-Alexander said at the presidential palace in Bogor during a visit to Indonesia.
“I do so in the full realization that the pain and sorrow of the families affected continue to be felt today,” he said in his speech, a copy of which was posted on the website of the Royal House of the Netherlands.
The Dutch government has previously apologized to Indonesia and paid some damages to survivors for violence carried out during colonial rule. – Reuters